Brown to Expand Police-State Anti-Terror Laws

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Brown to Expand Police-State Anti-Terror Laws</h1><p>June 4 (LPAC) - Yesterday, June 3, British Prime Minister designate Gordon Brown indicated he would seek the following measures against suspected terrorists:</p><p>* An extension of the 28-day limit on detention without charge to 90 days. Tony Blair had wanted to extend this to 90 days, but had to limit it to 28 after a revolt in the House of Commons. Under Brown there would be promised weekly judicial review in an attempt to co-opt Commons' opposition.</p><p>* Making terrorism an aggravating factor in sentencing, giving judges greater power to punish terrorists within existing criminal law.</p><p>* Ending the ban on questioning terrorists once they have been charged under judicial review.</p><p>* Moving towards allowing wiretap evidence to be admissible evidence pending a Privy Council review of the law. Brown is clearly not distancing himself from Blair on the "war on terror."</p></div></body>